Tamra Brookshas danced several principal roles in our performances. She was accepted at Contra Costa Summer Ballet Intensive and attended California Ballet of San Diego in summer 2008 and the world-class ballet company Boston Ballet in the summer 2009. Summer 2010 she attended University of Indiana and American Ballet Theater. Summer 2011 she danced with ABT in New York. She received her training at Healdsburg Ballet from Teresa Lubarsky and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in dance.
Tess Kielhamerbegan her training with her mother, Ms. Lubarsky, and then continued her studies for 7 years with Keith Martin and 3 years private coaching with Marie Vegh, giving her the opportunity to be a guest artist for local ballet companies.
She received first place in the Sonoma Counties Ballet Competition, Freshman and Senior Divisions. Tess has had summer studies with Joffrey Ballet, Contra Costa, Canada Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She was accepted into Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, where she studied full time and created two choreograph works for the school.
Tess continued with CRWB as an Aspirant and was able to travel and perform with the company such ballets as “Nutcracker”, “Les Syphides”, “Giselle”, and “Concerto Boroco” as well as perform in the Opera “Aida”. She was a teacher with Northbay Performing Arts and Airport Health Club as well as finding time to choreograph for us at Healdsburg Ballet and teach. Tess is now pursuing a career in acting and modeling, but will visit us often to produce choreograph works for Healdsburg Ballet.
Guest Teachers and Choreographers
Teresa Lubarsky, the Artistic Director, has been teaching dance to children and professionals on the West Coast for over 40 years. She trained under Lew and Harold Christensen of San Francisco Ballet where she was a scholarship student. Her further studies include Richard Gibson of the Peninsula Ballet, Carlos Carvahal, and Antonio Veleszock. In her training she received the best of Chettchetti, Russian, Royal and Bornniville. Ms. Teresa had a very fulfilling career as a soloist with Ballet Folk Moscow, San Antonio Ballet Texas, Redwood Empire Ballet, San Francisco Dance Theater, West Coast Jazz, Alameda Dance Theater and Ballet California.
She was the Ballet Mistress for “Robert Kirkpatrick’s School Of Dance” in San Mateo, San Francisco Dance Theater, Alameda Dance Theater, and later owned and directed Children’s’ Dance Theater in Redwood City. Upon relocating to Sonoma Co. in 1986 she was the director for the late Anita Kane, the original founder of Healdsburg Ballet, at which time Ms. Teresa directed and staged a full length Nutcracker Ballet in the years 1986 and 1987. Ms. Teresa opened Healdsburg Ballet in 1994 and has choreographed several Ballets for the community including “The Night before Christmas”, “La Boutique Fantastique”, “The Magic Garden”, “Mother Goose Village”, “Dorothy in the Land of Oz”, “Dances through Time”, “Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland”, and "Peter Pan".
Newly teaching at Healdsburg ballet, Mia Palmieri has been dancing for 13 years and still trains with Teresa Lubarsky. She danced in Santa Barbara for 5 years before moving to Healdsburg and continuously danced for the past 8 years, totaling her number of performances to 26. Mia has enjoyed every minute in dance class and on the stage, and is overjoyed to share her knowledge with the Beginning and Intermediate jazz classes after receiving a year of teacher training. As a Junior at Healdsburg High School, Mia is taking many advanced classes and takes part in her school’s Interact Club to help with the community. She plans on going to a 4-year college and dancing as much as possible.
Kalika Anselbegan her training at Dance Theatre Seven in Marin Country at age 11. When she was 13 years old she entered the elite Professional
Intensive Training Program run by David Roxander to pursue her love of dance.
She quickly discovered her love of teaching, and in 2001 begin working directly with the late Jody White as her rehearsal assistant and ballet mistress.
She learned the techniques of teaching, rehearsing, and preparing for a full length performance. Kalika has managed two prestigious dance studios and
numerous productions including The Green Dance Project which she co founded and directed for four years. She loves to share her passion of the
technique and joy that ballet brings to students of all ages.
Larissa Saschinreceived her dance training from Teresa Lubarsky and has been dancing since the age of two. She has performed several principal roles in Healdsburg Ballet’s performances including the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Spanish Doll, Dorothy, Tinkerbell and Snow Queen. In 2011 Larissa attended the American Ballet Theater’s summer collegiate program in New York City. Larissa graduated from UC Davis and was the president of the Davis Ballet Company.
We are happy to welcome to Healdsburg Ballet, Laura Anderson. Ms. Anderson as a child had a difficult time finding a sport that would challenge her physically, artistically and mentally. Around the age eight years she found dance and she has a huge passion for it since. Laura have been a student of dance at Healdsburg Ballet for just over seven years and going on 15 performances. Laura has been in advanced ballet now for three years and continues to thrive to her challenges. Outside of dance Laura works hard as a sophomore at Healdsburg High School, taking many advanced placement classes. In her spare time she is also a dog breeder and spend a lot of time helping puppies and their moms. Laura loves working with children and passing on her knowledge and her love of dance.
Photo Credit: Ed Flores
Cole Vernon, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Dance, has performed around the globe from China to countries in Europe. When he visits, he loves to teach and choreograph for Teresa Lubarsky's Healdsburg Ballet where he received almost all of his training. Mr. Vernon has studied with San Francisco Ballet, the Rock School of Dance in Pennsylvania, and most recently the River North Dance Chicago company. He hopes to tour the world with a dance company but will always have a soft spot for the young dancers at Healdsburg Ballet!
We have a couple new teachers for this coming season, including our new Beginning Jazz teacher and hip-hop teacher Ele Klick.
Ele has trained with Healdsburg Ballet for over 13 years and has performed many solo roles in over 26 seasons
of dance productions with Healdsburg Ballet. Ele is a Junior at Healdsburg High School and, when not at ballet,
is often seen doing numerous activities with her school or diligently working on her academics. We are excited
to welcome this talented and responsible young lady on as Healdsburg Ballet faculty!
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